“Michhami Dukkadam and Uttam Kshama”- Biden greets Jains on Paryushan and Das Lakshan

Washington,DC: US President Joe Biden has greeted the Jain community on the concluding day of Paryushan and Das Lakshan festivals.
Over 150,000 Jains live in the United States, which is the community’s largest population outside India.
“Jill and I send our best wishes to Jains in the US and around the world who’ve concluded the festivals of Paryushan and Das Lakshan,” Biden said in a Facebook post on Sunday.
“In this time for self-reflection and forgiveness, may we all find peace and reconciliation in our lives. Michhami Dukkadam and Uttam Kshama!” he said.
Paryushana is an annual eight to ten-day period of fasting and meditation for Jain worshippers. Das Lakshan is a 10-day festival that takes place directly after Paryushana.
The Jain community in the US welcomed the message from the US president.
Ajay Bhutoria, South Asian community leader thanked the US president for wishing the Jains and reminding the world of the three powerful resources of love, prayer and forgiveness.
“Today, for the first time in American history, a sitting US President acknowledged the Jain festivals of Paryushan and Das Lakshan and issued a brief and meaningful message on their conclusion,” said Vaibhav Jain, who was senior advisor on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) outreach team in the Biden Campaign. 

Acharya Lokesh Muni in a statement also welcomed the greetings sent by the US president.
“We would like to thank President Biden for his wonderful message on this auspicious occasion of the holy festival of Paryushan/Das Lakshan Maha Parvas for Jains around the world, seeking Michhami Dukkadam (Forgiveness),” said Mahesh Wadher, President JAINA, Jain association of North America. (PTI) 

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